New Moderna vaccine manufacturing centre at Harwell Campus being advised by Bidwells
Our project management team is collaborating with Harwell Campus and global vaccine producer Moderna to deliver a state-of-the-art vaccine manufacturing centre at the Oxfordshire health tech cluster, it was announced today.
Moderna’s Innovation and Technology Centre (MITC) will have the capacity to produce up to 100 million vaccines per year in the event of a pandemic, putting Harwell at the heart of the UK’s pandemic resilience strategy.
The MITC development will be made up of two buildings totalling 145,000 sq. ft and will encompass a research, development and manufacturing facility, providing the UK public with access to cutting-edge mRNA vaccines for a wide range of respiratory diseases, pending regulatory assessment and licensure.
Bidwells’ Head of Oxford, Richard Todd, and lead advisor to Harwell Campus, is project managing the planning and development of the MITC on behalf of the Brookfield-backed life sciences asset manager and investor.
It was announced in December last year that Moderna has signed a deal with the UK government to produce a UK-made supply of COVID-19 jabs for the next ten years, as well as cutting-edge vaccines developed for other respiratory diseases, such as flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV),
The Harwell Campus was today announced as the site for the new centre.
Bidwells is advising Harwell on its plans to develop 1.6 million sq. ft of development at the campus, including cutting-edge labs, offices, R&D, and advanced manufacturing space.
Richard said: “Today’s announcement builds on the success of the UK’s vaccine rollout programme, which helped open up economies worldwide. Moderna’s 10-year partnership cements Harwell Campus’ as a global centre of excellence, where ground-breaking scientific discovery is achieved with each passing day.
“We're bringing forward these proposals at breakneck speed to respond to the urgent national need to prepare ourselves for any future pandemic, but at the same time we’re working in a highly consultative manner to ensure Moderna can move straight into their new HQ, by coordinating closely with the team leading its state-of the-art internal design and fit out.”
“Public-private partnerships such as this will help supercharge Britain’s ambition to becoming a ‘scientific superpower’, and we look forward to working closely with all stakeholders to bring this pioneering project forward.”
Moderna has committed to invest in mRNA research and development (R&D) in the UK over the ten-year period. Construction is expected to commence later this year, with the first mRNA vaccine expected to be produced in the UK in 2025.
Bidwells advises two-thirds of Oxford’s colleges and is the leading adviser to the science and technology sector in the region with more than 400 employees working across the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. The Firm’s turnover in Oxford reached a record £5.6m in 2022, a year in which it also acquired the Oxford-focussed planning division of Turnberry Consulting.
Bidwells is part of an expert consultant team including Scott Brownrigg, Hoare Lea and The Baynham Meikle Partnership.